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Personal profile


I am a London-based choreographer and scholar interested in experimental and conceptual practices across dance, theatre and performance, particularly through notions of negotiation, thinking and encounter in/as performance.

Recently, I completed the research project Dramaturgy at Work, which led to the publication of the book 'The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance' (Valiz). I was also commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance to create the triptych of works 'Disputatio I, II, III' which toured in galleries in the UK. Lately I have been working with a number of international artists and scholars, in the context of a choreographic research project provisionally entitled 'the friend at work'.

I have presented choreographic work interntaionlly, including in The Netherlands, Germany and Greece, and collaborated with artists Siobhan Davies, Ivana Muller, Tino Sehgal, Frank Bock, Carol Brown and Gill Clarke. I was awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, and I have been Artist in Residence at Dance4 and a participating artist in the Sadler's Wells Summer University.

My practice-led PhD from Roehampton proposed the notion of 'possibilising dance' through the re-imagining of the theatre stage as a space for thinking in choreography. Prior to joining Roehampton in 2013, I taught at Laban, the Central School of Speech and Drama, the University of Surrey, Goldsmiths and Coventry University, as well as internationally. I publish in journals, arts publications and catalogues for performance festivals.



BA Dance Studies, State School of Dance, Athens

BA(Hons) Theatre Studies, School of Philosophy, Athens

MA(Dist) Dance Studies, Laban, London

PhD, Roehampton University, London

Research interests

I am broadly interested in the following areas and welcome proposals for PhD projects that relate to:

  • experimental practices in dance, theatre and performance
  • contemporary European choreography and dramaturgy
  • collectivity, collaboration and artistic modes of production
  • dance, performance, choreography and philosophy
  • thinking, negotiation, value, labor and encounter in performance
  • conceptual art, Fluxus, Judson Dance Theatre and the 1960s/70s
  • visual arts and dance, curatorial practices, choreography for the museum
  • improvisation, scores and game-structures
  • practice-as-research methodologies

Professional affiliations

Trustee, Board of Indpendent Dance.

Advisor, Board of Trustees and Advisors of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund.

Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

Consultancy work

Member, Selection panel for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Program by ARTWORKS.

External Examiner, MA/MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching programme, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

I also work as a dramaturg, advisor and mentor for artists internationally.

Research Output

YES to the mysterious and heroic artist-researcher

Protopapa, E., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Artists/Researchers: figures, ethos, critical gestures. les presses du reel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Analogue Campaign

Protopapa, E., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

The catalytic function of dramaturgy: working on actions in choreographic processes

Protopapa, E., Georgelou, K. & Theodoridou, D., 2018, Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader. Butterworth, J. & Wildschut, LI. (eds.). 2nd ed. Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, p. 201-214

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Disputatio I, II, III

Protopapa, E., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

A Brief Flight with Dramaturgical Thrusters: A Performance of Dramaturgy at Work

Conibere, N. & Protopapa, E. (ed.), Dec 2016, The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance. Georgelou, K., Protopapa, E. & Theodoridou, D. (eds.). Valiz, p. 159-167 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Bonnie Bird Choreography Award

Efrosini Protopapa (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Dance Chronicles from Athens: Artistic Practices, Structures & Discourses in a Period of Crisis

Author: Panagiotara, P., 8 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Bayly, S. (Supervisor) & Protopapa, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Possibilising dance: a space for thinking in choreography

Author: Protopapa, E., 2009

Supervisor: Kelleher, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Rudolf Laban in the 21st Century: A Brazilian Perspective

Author: Scialom, M., 18 Dec 2015

Supervisor: Protopapa, E. (Supervisor) & Buckland, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Wanderlust in screendance: the body in landscapes

Author: Salzer, H., 18 Jan 2020

Supervisor: Claid, E. (Supervisor), Protopapa, E. (Supervisor) & Whalley, B. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis